Why the future of four-wheel drive is electric

The air is foggy with dust, there are sprays of gravel and arcs of mud – it’s just business as usual at the offroad park in the German state of Swabia. The only thing that’s different is the silence – unusual in this cratered landscape where you might expect to hear the roar of revving engines. Here, though, as drivers put the vehicles through their paces, all you can hear is the churn of stones under tyres. Juergen Eberle, a Mercedes engineer, is driving an electric vehicle through the mud, though as far as appearances are concerned, the EQC looks like it is straight out of an apocalyptic adv…

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